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Kudzu is Like Busyness

Deuteronomy 11:19 “Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”
Here in Virginia, in the late summer, the roadsides seem to be almost instantly covered with a vine resembling a grape vine. In years past, I would look at it and see the beauty in it. The way it was able to transform the area into a fairy tale setting. The green leaves draping the large trees, like someone had thrown a quilt over nature.

This year I started to get curious about the vine. And I started to realize that it can't be that healthy for the plants and trees trying to grow underneath it.

After some investigation, I was able to figure out the vine is actually called kudzu. It was originally brought to the US from Japan is 1876 to be used as an ornamental plant. It was also used to help stop soil erosion and the farmers were paid to plant it. Over the years, it has become more of a nuisance. It quickly grows, up to a foot a day, and is hard to get rid of. It is choking out the native plants, covering everything in its path. Kudzu looks pretty. It even gives off a smell that resembles that of a grape vine. But it is doing damage.***
In my opinion, what kudzu is doing to the native plants, busyness is doing to our families. Our lives look pretty. Our kids are part of all kinds of hobbies, sports and clubs. We are working to keep up appearances.
But upon further investigation, the busyness is hurting our families. Family dinners around the kitchen table are being replaced by eating fast food in the car while the kids watch a movie with headphones on. Sunday mornings at church are being replaced with travel ball games.And our families are suffering when it comes to biblical teaching. So much time is spent trying get them to succeed in worldly things that we are forgetting to spend time teaching about eternal things. An article by Lynn O'Shaughnessy in CBS News says that only 2% of high school athletes will play NCAA college sports. Tony Manfred reports that only 1.7% of college football players, 1.2% of college basketball players, and 11.6% of college baseball players will go on to play pro in an article on Businessinsider.com. So, in summary, only a small few will go on to play. After years and years and lots of money, only a few will get to that level.
But last I checked, we will all die. Are our kids more prepared for a game than they are for eternal life? Do they know more about the playbook than the Bible?
Parents, we need to teach our children spiritual truths. To live out what verse Deuteronomy 11:19 says. “Teach them to your children. Talk abut them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Life will be busy. But we can be diligent and intentional to constantly bring God into our current situation. Be it at the ball field, the car, anywhere. If we are not saying it, they may not be hearing it. We can't put it off on our churches, our youth groups, our coaches. It is our responsibility to make Biblical teaching more important than any other teaching. Their lives depend on it. Don't let the busyness of life choke out what really matters. Even if it is filled with a good busy. Your child's soul needs you to be diligent. Diligent to fill their days with scripture, prayer, Godly examples and discipline. I am working on this. I feel stuck in the busyness trap. I certainly don't do it perfectly. But I can add a scripture card to my child's day, say a prayer with them in the drop off line, talk about a Bible story on the way to practice, do a family devotional at bedtime, or play praise music in the car. It is a step in the right direction. But we need to start stepping up. Will you join me in being intentional? Our children need us to be. ***southernforesthealth.com, dcr.virginia.gov
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